Every Friday we feature a movie someone on our staff has chosen as their favorite Miramax film. Today's pick is Shakespeare in Love chosen by our Digital Marketing intern, Celestine Au. This enchanting film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.Celestine Au
Shakespeare in Love speaks the language of love so enthrallingly and eloquently that you can't help but fall in lust with literacy. Aside from being a beautiful love story between William Shakespeare and Viola de Lesseps, the film itself is a "love letter" to literature. The beautifully devised script brings Shakespeare to life, giving him an imagined plotline as rich as any of the plays he wrote himself. Will, a struggling playwright, finds the cure to his writers' block in Viola, entering stage left as a cross-dressing Thomas Kent to audition for his play "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter". She reveals her identity in one of my favorite scenes, when she cannot resist kissing him as Will speaks passionately about Viola to a disguised Thomas. But as with many of Shakespeare's pairs, these two are star-crossed in their fate, as Viola has already been promised to Lord Wessex. And so Will learns the hard way that if all doesn't end well in real life, you can always make it do so in the next play.
This film rewrites literary history gloriously, letting us all play pretend that his works were inspired by his own life events. The brilliantly written script creates true magic with a stellar cast. Joseph Fiennes is beguiling to watch. He is dazzling in the part of the brooding and enigmatic author, alongside a radiant and spirited Gwyneth Paltrow. Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Affleck, and Colin Firth are all captivating to watch, keeping the audience well entertained from start to finish. And if those weren't already enough reasons to watch Shakespeare in Love, the cinematography is stunning as are the costumes and sets.
Another of my favorite scenes is when Viola rehearses with Shakespeare, who steps in for the kiss. It is this moment that is most apparent that we are watching a Shakespearian creation, a play within a play. The parallels between Romeo and Juliet, and Will's own forbidden love affair with Viola, are enrapturing. Whether it's the clever Shakespeare references, the chemistry between Will and Viola, or just the look in Joseph Fiennes' eyes, it won't fail to make you swoon.